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Why Dogs Eat Poop (Coprophagia) | The Doggy World

Why Dogs Eat Poop (Coprophagia)

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80coprophagia2-300x197Despite being relatively common, when dogs eat feces their owners are appalled by this.  But for the dog, the stool can be a tasty treat, as well as something to gain attention. To deal with this issue, different strategies are needed. In general, the tips below can be used both to prevent the behavior before begins, and to control it.

First, the dogs with digestive problems develop nutritional deficiencies, which can change their appetite and make them more interested in feces. In contrast, dogs that do not completely digest the food defecate more remains of fat and protein, that are more appetizing to some canines.

When a dog is found to be eating feces, he should be seen by a veterinarian for evaluation for possible nutritional deficiency or digestive problems. It is also recommended that his droppings be analyzed for remnants of protein and/or fat or to check for deficiencies of certain enzymes.

Some dogs enjoy playing with their feces and eating small pieces. This occurs most often in puppies, but some adults still have this habit for life. The behavior is also more common in dogs that are stuck in small places for extended periods of time.
The best way to prevent the dog playing with feces is to keep his environment clean. Also it is important to keep the dog’s food and water in a different place than he is supposed to relieve himself.

Many dogs eat feces only when they are anxious, often because they are left alone at home or do not get enough attention from their owners (sometimes called separation anxiety). Furthermore, giving angry at the dog for eating poop just leads to confusion and may increase his anxiety, making the problem worse.

There are products available in pet stores and vet clinics which you add to your dog’s food to make poop less appetizing. You also can add natural deterrents such as a few tablespoonfuls of canned pumpkin or pineapple, or fresh grated zucchini to your dog’s meals. Evidence suggests that most dogs will readily eat these substances, but that their presence in poop makes it unpalatable. Some dogs, however, only stop eating the feces while under the influence of such products. When treatment ends, they may return to the habit.

Whatever the method, consistency in your approach is important to success.

 

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